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Recognizing the vital role of women in PH growth: DTI remains supportive of women’s economic empowerment. The Department of Trade & Industry (DTI) remains committed and supportive of Filipino women's economic empowerment through its various entrepreneurial and business programs, recognizing their important role in the country's economic development and inclusive growth goals. "Here in the Philippines, women have come a long way. With the full support of the government, we will continue to exert much effort to ensure that they continue to do so for they are central in realizing our shared vision of sustainable and inclusive growth," said DTI Undersecretary Nora Terrado who delivered the keynote address on behalf of DTI Secretary Gregory Domingo before participants of the strategic dialogue on how to develop economies that work for women at the Sofitel Philippine Plaza on September 9, 2015. Undersecretary Terrado shared among participants of the United Nation's Entity for Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment-hosted dialogue the many steps and measures taken by the government in addressing the constraints to women's economic empowerment such as the adoption of appropriate laws and policies to provide an enabling environment for women’s empowerment with emphasis on improving competitiveness and sustainability of women’s micro enterprises. “In translating these laws into operational programs, the DTI forged strong partnerships with the private sector and garnered the support of international donor agencies,” she said. “With these, we have managed to provide women entrepreneurs with increased access to government services,” she added. Photo shows Undersecretary Terrado (second from left) with the other icons in women empowerment including (from left to right): Jeannie Javelosa, President of ECHOsi Foundation; Dr. Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, United Nations Undersecretary General and the Executive Director of UN Women; Maria Gloria Tangco, Assistant Secretary for Labor Standards, Social Protection and Internal Affairs Cluster of the Department of Labor and Employment; Prof. Marina Durano, Asian Center of the University of the Philippines Diliman; and Emmeline Verzosa, Philippine Commission on Women Executive Director. (DTI-PRU)